West Returns To Haunt Rebels

Thame United

Thame United

West (14, 74), Louis (78)
Slough Town

Slough Town

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Former Slough Town hero Mark West returned to haunt his former club by scoring twice in a comprehensive win for Thame, which leaves Slough needing to probably win every remaining game to gain promotion at the end of the season.

Things started brightly for the Rebels and they pressuried the Thame defence early on.

Their first chance came after eight minutes when Steve Daly found himself free in the area. His shot was well saved by Thame goalkeeper Alan Foster with his feet.

The next chance for Slough fell to Michael Bartley but the strikers effort went wide of Foster's goal.

Despite dominating the half the away side were finding it hard to create chances against a well organsied Thame defence.

Four minutes before half-time Thame won a flurry of corners. The third of the corner's led to Andy Sinnott's men taking the lead with their first real shot of the match. Justin Lee hit a corner in from the left which was flicked on by Oxford United trialist Jefferson Louis that found West who scored with close range overhead kick. A typical West strike.

Almost immediately Steve Browne's men could have equalised when a long cross into the area found Bartley at the far post, but he headed wide of the target.

Just a minute before the break Slough had a great opportunity to equalise. Michael Gilkes crossed the ball from the left and Anthony Howard hit a volley which went inches past the post.

The first chance of the second half fell to Slough again. Hakki picked up the ball just outside the area, but his shot went straight at Foster.

With Slough pushing men forward Thame were looking increasingly dangerous on the break with Louis and West's movement causing the Rebels defence all kinds of problems.

With sixteen minutes remaining Thame doubled their lead when Ben Freeman put West through on goal. The veteran striker seemed to handle the ball, but the referee waved away the Slough claims and West cooly slotted the ball into the net past Dominique Zean-Zepherin.

Just four minutes later they scored again when good play from West presented Louis with an easy chance to lob Zepherin and give Thame all three points.

Thame United Lineup

Foster, Saulsbury, Lee, Brown, Williams, Avery, Joyce, West, Court, Perna, Louis. Subs: Freeman, Abbasi, Rayner


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